Offertory Collection

A mail slot has been installed in the door of the Parish Office for the convenience of the parishioners of St. John the Evangelist. Offertory envelopes may be placed through the slot at any time.

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP BAMBERA-MARCH 25

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Four weeks ago today, Lent began with the celebration of Ash Wednesday and its cherished invitation to rend our hearts and return to the Lord. We embraced this holy season of penance, sacrifice and conversion, hoping and praying that as Lent annually carries us to Holy Week and Easter, our lives of faith would be renewed and reflect a bit more clearly the life and love of Jesus. On Ash Wednesday, none of us could have imagined the depth of sacrifice that the current health crisis would demand of us. 

On March 16, 2020, I suspended the celebration of all public Masses in the eleven counties of the Diocese of Scranton. While so many of you expressed how heartbroken you were with this decision, you embraced it willingly in a spirit of faith and self-sacrifice in order that the Church could do its part in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

Today, sadly, we are called to sacrifice even further for the sake of serving one another in our battle against this dreaded disease. The cherished Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter – Palm Sunday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Sunday Masses – will all be celebrated privately, without all of you, the blessed faithful who make up the Diocese of Scranton – filling our churches as you have always done during these most sacred days. The Chrism Mass will be deferred to a later date when the current health crisis has passed.

While this ongoing pandemic is calling us to be socially distant from one another, it does not mean we need to be spiritually distant. I invite you and your family to join me in prayer as we renew our efforts to turn to the Lord. While not open to the public, all of our Holy Week liturgies at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton will be broadcast on CTV: Catholic Television and live-streamed on the Diocese of Scranton’s website and social media platforms. Many parishes will also plan to broadcast their own Masses.

As we seek to come to terms with this latest casualty of the coronavirus, I want to share with you a recent encouraging directive of the Holy See regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation, firmly rooted in the traditions of our Church. With the increasing difficulty for individuals to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation due to the current health crisis, the faithful are reminded that by having perfect contrition, one can receive the forgiveness of sins apart from going to confession.  Perfect contrition requires the following three things: a love of God above all else; a sincere desire for the forgiveness from sin; and the resolution to go to confession as soon as possible when this health crisis subsides. Please take consolation in knowing that while you may not have access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the power and love of God is far greater than we can imagine. For all who sincerely express contrition, your sins are forgiven.

My friends, in so many respects, it seems that the disciplines of Lent will last a bit longer this year as we continue to sacrifice, to pray and to serve in unimaginable ways. Yet, through God’s grace, I hope that we can begin to see one of the blessings of this difficult moment in our lives. In the midst of this crisis, so many of you are responding generously and courageously to the Gospel invitation to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, sacrificing our own well-being and serving selflessly the lives that God places in our own.

As we confront the uncertainty of our future, may we recognize that our greatest hope has always been rooted in our embrace of the mystery of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection – the heart of our faith as Christians. Good Friday, with its suffering and pain, always yields to power of Easter and its promise of life and peace! So too will this moment in our lives.

May God continue to bless you and your family and keep you safe. 

Saint Joseph, pray for us!

Faithfully yours in Christ,

   †Joseph C. Bambera

    Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

    Bishop of Scranton

Join Pope Francis on March 27

Join Pope Francis in Prayer on Friday, March 27!   

Pope Francis will grant a Plenary Indulgence to all who participate either by television, internet or radio a special prayer service on Friday, March 27, 2020.   This extraordinary blessing will take place during a special urbi et orbi address, meaning, “to the city (of Rome) and to the world”, which will occur at 1:00 p.m. EST, which is 6:00 p.m.  Rome time.   

Our Holy Father said that those who are able to participate in this service will “listen to the Word of God, raise our prayer and adore the Blessed Sacrament.  At the end, I will give the benediction ‘urbi et orbi,’ to which will be connected the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence.”  

Livestream of this special prayer may be found at:  https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html

Besides participating in the prayers with Pope Francis on Friday, March 27, and receiving the ‘urbi et orbi’ blessing through television, internet or radio, in order to receive the plenary indulgence, the faithful must be detached from any sin, and resolve to carry out the following as soon as possible:

Sacramental Confession

Receive Holy Communiuon

Pray for the intentions of Pope Francis

A plenary indulgence is the full remission of temporal punishments due for sins, whether in this life, or in purgatory.

Directive from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See to be Used in the Diocese of Scranton

PERFECT CONTRITION

With the increasing difficulty for individuals to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation due to the current health crisis, the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton are reminded that by having perfect contrition one can receive the forgiveness of sins, apart from going to confession.  

Perfect contrition requires the following three things: 

  • A love of God above all else
  • A sincere desire for the forgiveness from sin
  • The resolution to go to confession as soon as possible when this health crisis subsides

PLENARY INDULGENCE

His Holiness, Pope Francis, has also granted a plenary indulgence under specific conditions.

The faithful who qualify for a plenary indulgence during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Those suffering from the coronavirus illness
  • Health care workers, family members, and others caring for those with the coronavirus (exposing themselves to the virus)

The faithful must do at least one of the following:

  • Unite yourself spiritually through the media in the celebration of the Holy Mass
  • Recite the Rosary
  • Pious practice of the Way of the Cross (or other forms of devotion)
  • Recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and a Hail Mary

The faithful must be willing to perform all of the following as soon as possible: (considered the three usual conditions for a plenary indulgence)

  • Going to Confession
  • Receiving Holy Communion
  • Praying for the intentions of Pope Francis

Parish Office Availability

Effective immediately, the parish office of St John the Evangelist will be accepting offertory collections and census forms Monday to Friday from 10 AM to noon. Please ring the door bell. For all other inquiries, please call the Parish Office.

MESSAGE FROM FR. LANGAN

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Who could ever imagine these difficult and challenging times? Even though our lives have been turned upside down because of this unseen enemy of coronavirus, we believe that clinging to our Faith will get us through anything. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the glorious conqueror of all evil and we trust in Him and the loving care of His Blessed Mother and foster father, St. Joseph. How often our Lord said to His Disciples, ” Be Not Afraid.” And so we take courage and have hope that from evil, He will bring good. Perhaps that is beginning already!

As we are “all in this together,” I encourage you to continue your care and concern for one another in a most prudent and careful way. Please remember that without a weekly collection for the parish, we are in financial difficulty. If you are able, after prayerful consideration, kindly continue your sacrificial giving to your parish. You may send it in or drop it off at the parish office. By no means imperil your own financial security and if you are in need, please know we will assist you as best we can. God Bless You and keep you well. May our Lady hold you in her loving arms.

Sincerely In Christ,

Father Langan

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

By directive of our Bishop, Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, effective immediately, all public celebrations of the Holy Mass have been suspended.  

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass currently remains in effect at this time.  

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered privately by the priests of the parish, and for the intentions which have already been announced in the bulletins and scheduled in the parish Mass Intention book.   While these Masses will be offered on the day they were scheduled, they will be offered by the priests of the parish privately, and at a different time than announced.  

St. Mary Magdalen will be open for the private prayer of the faithful during office hours (Monday through Thursday, 9a.m. until 4p.m.; Friday, 9a.m. until 11:30a.m.) 

The Adoration Chapel will be closed.

Confessions:By the same directive of our Most Reverend Bishop, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the schedule for the Sacrament of Confession is suspended.  When an individual approaches a priest for the Sacrament of Confession, a distance of 6 feet between the priest and penitent is required, and the priest is required to disinfect the space following the sacrament.  

Stations of the Cross: By the same directive of our Most Reverend Bishop, the public praying of the Stations of the Cross has been cancelled.

Baptisms, Funerals and Weddings: Our Most Reverend Bishop has reminded that these may continue, with attendance limited to immediate family members, and in compliance with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, these celebrations must be limited to no more than 50 people.   

Lord Jesus Christ, for the sake of your most Holy and Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world.

BISHOP’S DIRECTIVE

Until Further Notice
By directive of our Bishop, Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, effective immediately, all public celebrations of the Holy Mass have been suspended. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass currently remains in effect at this time.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered privately by the priests of the parish,and for the intentions which have already been announced in the bulletins and scheduled in the parish Mass Intention book. While these Masses will be offered on the day they were scheduled, they will be offered by the priests of the parish privately, and at a different time and location than announced.
St. Mary Magdalene will be open for the private prayer of the faithful during office hours (Monday through Thursday, 9a.m. until 4p.m.; Friday, 9a.m. until 11:30a.m.)
The Adoration Chapel will remain open for prayer as usual.
Confessions:
By the same directive of our Most Reverend Bishop, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the schedule for the Sacrament of Confession is suspended. When an individual approaches a priest for the Sacrament of Confession, a distance of 6 feet between the priest and penitent is required, and the priest is required to disinfect the space following the sacrament.
Stations of the Cross:
By the same directive of our Most Reverend Bishop, the public praying of the Stations of the Cross has been cancelled.
Baptisms, Funerals and Weddings:
Our Most Reverend Bishop has reminded that these may continue, with attendance limited to immediate family members, and in compliance with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, these celebrations must be limited to no more than 50 people.
Lord Jesus Christ, for the sake of your most Holy and Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world.